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Considering a pain relief-free birth? How can doulas help? A Video Blog…

Are you considering a pain relief-free birth? It can be off-putting when people dismiss this as an option, and worrying when they say things like, “You’ll be screaming for them when the time comes”! And yet there are so many important physiological reasons to consider whether you do want to accept pain relief. Back in… Read more »

Budgeting for a baby – Seriously thrifty saving advice!

budgeting for a baby - nurturing birth directory

Here in the UK we’re super lucky that every woman has the right to take 52 weeks maternity leave. However, being able to afford to take it is another matter altogether. Some ultra-supportive employers offer enhanced maternity leave packages, providing as much as six month’s pay whilst you take a break to recover from birth… Read more »

What is a doula and do I really need one?

Pregnancy can be a truly wonderful time, your body is blooming and you’re looking forward to the day when you finally get to meet your beautiful new baby. But pregnancy can also be an exhausting, confusing and downright scary time too! You’ve probably got a million and one questions and random thoughts running through your… Read more »

Doulas and caesareans – a video blog

Did you know that  doulas support ALL births? Did you know that doulas support caesarean birth? Last year Sophie wrote an open letter to magazine editor Natasha Pearlman after she shared in the mainstream press about her traumatic first birth experience.  Now, a year later, Natasha is pregnant with her second baby and has shared… Read more »

An interview with Jo Robertson, Birth Photographer

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Jo Robertson, a birth photographer in Wales.  In our chat I had the opportunity to ask Jo about her journey into birth photography, who uses a photographer during birth and what her ultimate ambition is.  Plus, she gives a really good top tip for parents! Click here… Read more »

An interview with Laura Tilson, Osteopath

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Tilson, an Osteopath who runs a clinic for women and children in SW London.  In our chat I had the opportunity to ask Laura what osteopathy is, how it benefits women in pregnancy and what kind of treatments an osteopath can offer a newborn. Plus, she… Read more »

Unrealistic expectations – instant bonding and size 6 jeans – a video blog

Sophie talks about how we can set ourselves, with the media’s help, unrealistic expectations when we become parents, which can in turn promote anxiety, feelings of dissatisfaction or self doubt. Click here to watch Sophie’s video on preparing for having a baby in your life To find a doula to support you fill in the… Read more »

Comedian James Mullinger talks about the birth of his children with doula support – a guest blog

As doulas it is incredibly special when a client chooses to write a testimonial talking about their positive experience. In this testimonial comedian James Mullinger talks about the difference doula support made to him and his wife. My wife and I decided to work with a doula because we wanted the birth of our first… Read more »

The challenges of being a doula – a video blog

A rather tired Sophie talks about some of the challenges of being a doula, being on call and having to drop everything at a moment’s notice to attend a birth. For Sophie’s thoughts on why doulas are like Wonder Woman click here! To find a doula to support your birth visit the Nurturing Birth Directory

Choosing not to have my partner in the birth room – a guest blog by Antonia Wise-Stewart

This week we are grateful to Antonia Wise-Stewart, founder of Mumvoice (uniting mothers using the power of writing and blogs), for sharing her story of deciding to birth without her partner present, and how doula support made for a fantastic second birth experience. “I am the only one of my friends that has ever chosen… Read more »